Last week was the start of a new quarter, which means new short-term goals for the next few months and taking strides to accomplish our long-term goals.
To whom much is given, much is required—the adage is true. Still, much is required doesn’t mean everything is required. If you have ambition, enjoy people, or generally struggle with saying no, it can be challenging to decide what to take on and when to decline. Taking on everything, however, is neither realistic nor efficient. To offer your best, both at work and in social settings, you need the energy to be engaged and fully present. That means defining your work style to work efficiently and effectively with your coworkers and managing your energy at work.
Defining Your Work Style
In every office setting, you can encounter several personalities. So why is it important to understand not only who you are but who your coworkers are?
Defining your style can help increase productivity between coworkers because you can better communicate with each other. For example, knowing that your boss is an analyzer means when approaching them with new ideas, you layout every facet of the plan versus offering them at the bigger picture.
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Managing Your Energy Is The Key To Success At Work
Remember to be kind to yourself. You’re the best version of yourself when you have less stress and more energy. Your energy is as vital as any event that may be presented to you. Don’t rush to say yes, and don’t feel bad when you have to say no. Here are some tips for managing your energy at work:
Make rules for yourself about how much of each type of activity you can take on each month. Is a weekly happy hour with colleagues more than you can take on? Cut back to every other week. Do you only have the time and budget for two dinners with friends a week? Then only do two. Take some time out to assess what makes you feel comfortable and what makes you feel depleted. Then create guidelines to establish a maximum number of each type of commitment you can take on per month. Stick to it.
Learn to say, “Let me think about it and get back to you.” Overcommitment frequently is a result of saying yes too quickly. You end up agreeing to 4 events on the same night or multiple late nights in a row when you don’t take time to pause and assess what you have going on. Paper calendars/planners are an excellent tool for seeing your commitments outlined for a week/month at a time.
If you struggle to say “no,” consider offering alternative options. “No, I can’t make your charity auction this time, but I can volunteer one Saturday next month.” “I can’t make lunch today, but I’m available for lunch in 3 weeks.” Use this one sparingly and only when you sincerely can commit to the alternative you propose.
Establish your goals and use them as a tool to make decisions. What do you need to achieve this month? Does that happy hour help you get that promotion you’ve been seeking? Does that coffee meet-up cut into your morning goal of working out? Having your goals in mind can help to say “no” feel less intimidating. If you know your goals, saying no isn’t rejecting an invitation; it’s prioritizing your success.
Read the full article at HuffPost
Speaking Up Makes You Stand Out
Last week, the MLB announced the relocation of the 2021 All-Star game in response to the new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color. Like MLB, other companies must support employees of color and take a stance on issues that affect them in their work and personal lives.
As Millenials and Generation Z take a larger share of the workforce, companies risk attrition if they are not aligned with these generations' values, which include inclusion, sustainability efforts, etc. For example, a recent Monster survey noted 83% of Gen Z candidates said that a company's commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential when choosing an employer. In recent years, many companies have shared public commitments to diversity and inclusion. Still, those statements lack sincerity when the company fails to speak up on a national stage to support their employees' communities. Companies must advocate for their employees of color, create systems that support them, and take a stance on social justice issues to attract and retain diverse talent.
Grow With Google: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Grow with Google Digital Coaches are offering FREE classes all month long to help you scale your business. Remember, you can register for as many classes as you need. Register Here
tech: SCALE LIVE 2021 - Where Diverse Suppliers Become Tech Insiders
Angelina will be speaking at tech: SCALE LIVE on Thursday, April 15th. Attendees will "network with diverse suppliers and the most cutting-edge tech companies in the world, learn insider tips, capacity-building strategies, and growth hacking techniques -- using simple steps that will help you transform your business." See the full schedule and list of presenters here.